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The Awesome Bug That Lives on Frozen Volcanos

In the frozen mini volcanoes on Mauna Kea there lives a scavenger-predator that prefers its meals delivered.

Thank you to Dr. Jesse Eiben for information on Wekiu bug ecology and evolution.

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Sources:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jez.1402590318

http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/pdf/wekiufinal-low.pdf
http://www.malamamaunakea.org/library/reference/index/refid/1163-evolutionary-ecology-of-aeolian-and-subterranean-habitats-in-hawaii
http://www.malamamaunakea.org/library/reference/index/refid/1112-entomologists-discover-new-life
http://www2.hawaii.edu/~pine/Phil100/wekiubug.htm
https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/rubinoffd/rubinoff_lab/projects/wekiu_bug/wekiu%20bug.htm
https://esa.confex.com/esa/2008/webprogram/Paper38751.html
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/226801637_Life_history_and_captive_rearing_of_the_Wekiu_bug_Nysius_wekiuicola_Lygaeidae_an_alpine_carnivore_endemic_to_the_Mauna_Kea_volcano_of_Hawaii
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267889266_Exploring_the_evolution_and_diversity_of_Hawaii’s_endemic_seed_bugs_Nysius_Hemiptera_Lygaeidae
https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/mk/files/2016/10/Ex.-A-042.pdf
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Images:
Fish Variety at French Frigate Shoals
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/magnicent-and-snow-capped-mauna-kea-and-research-telescopes-gm514166120-87960433
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/hawaii-gm670270566-122560467
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/magnicent-and-snow-capped-mauna-kea-in-the-distance-gm531612998-93872117
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/big-island-mauna-kea-gemini-observatory-hawaii-islands-gm683310362-125397793

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